UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 14, 2019) – The Connecticut Sun will celebrate the career of WNBA legend Lindsay Whalen on August 23 when they take on the Las Vegas Aces at 7:30 p.m.
Whalen’s No. 13 will join Margo Dydek (12), Nykesha Sales (42) and Katie Douglas (23) in the rafters during a special ceremony at halftime of the game on August 23. Whalen, who led the Sun to their two WNBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005, will also participate in a special question and answer session, moderated by LaChina Robinson, after the ceremony on court. Joining Whalen will be former teammates Douglas and Sales.
Selected by the Sun with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Whalen spent six seasons in Connecticut before being traded to the Minnesota Lynx prior to the 2010 season. With the Sun, Whalen played in 197 games, scoring 2,290 points. Her 964 assists in a Sun uniform leads the Connecticut record books by over 200.
“Lindsay Whalen is a legend – one of the greatest point guards and competitors to ever step on the court,” said Amber Cox, Vice President of Sports at Mohegan Sun. “She was not only instrumental in leading the Sun to two appearances in the WNBA Finals, but she put professional women’s basketball on the map in Connecticut. She helped establish one of the most loyal fan bases in the WNBA, many of whom are still a part of the Sun family today. We’re excited to welcome her back to where her pro career started so our Sun family can celebrate all she’s meant to our franchise.”
Whalen is the winningest player in WNBA history, playing on a winning team in 325 WNBA regular season games. Her 2,348 assists ranks third in WNBA history. She won four WNBA championships during her career and was a five time All-WNBA honoree. With USA Basketball, she won two Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016) and two World Championship gold medals (2010, 2014). Whalen, now retired from the WNBA, is the head women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota.
The Sun will be in action next on Friday, August 16 when they take on the Seattle Storm at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit connecticutsun.com.